You Go First Audio CD – Import, 10 April 2018
''Readers will undoubtedly see themselves in these pages. ...A well-crafted, entertaining call for middle schoolers to find their voices and remain accountable in shaping their own social spheres.'' --(Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
''The link between the two main characters becomes a subtle bond that enables each one to make it through an emotionally challenging week and come out stronger. Readers drawn by the intriguing jacket art will enjoy the novel's perceptive dual narrative.'' --(Booklist)
''With character-revealing prose, Kelly holds readers' attention as the narrative moves back and forth between her two fully realized protagonists and their intricately drawn home and school settings.'' --(The Horn Book)
About the Author
Erin Entrada Kelly is also the author of Blackbird Fly, The Land of Forgotten Girls, and Hello, Universe. She was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but now lives in Philadelphia.
Amielynn Abellera, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory, San Jose Stage, Shakespeare Center of LA, MainStreet Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Chalk Repertory, Artists at Play, LA Women's Shakespeare, and Katselas Theatre Company. She received her MFA degree in acting from the University of Southern California and is a member of Actors' Equity Association.
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- Publisher : Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (10 April 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1538501856
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538501856
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 227 g
- Dimensions : 14.22 x 1.52 x 14.73 cm
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
Um.. she's amazing.
She writes killer books that always touch your heart.
She is the winner of the 2018 Newberry for her book, Hello Universe.
Oh, and she is, of course, the author of our featured books today titled You Go First.
You Go First is a parallel story that features the friendship of twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard, and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer. Ben and Charlotte live thousands of miles apart, and they have never met in person. But their friendship is one that is true.
They understand each other, they support one other through both their major life changes and trials, not to mention they both share their love of online Scrabble. After all, it was online Scrabble that brought them together in the first place.
As you read this book, you will see that the book follows the separate lives of Charlotte and Ben all the while it intertwining them together through their shared phone calls. Charlotte is dealing with a health crisis of her father and the sudden coldness from her childhood best friend.
Charlotte is struggling with finding someone that can both support her through her family crisis all the while accepting her for who she is.
Like Charlotte, Ben's family is going through their own challenges. Ben's parents have sucker-punched him with a sudden announcement that they will be getting a divorce. Ben never saw it coming. Now, he is left to deal with his shock and anger of the breaking apart of his family.
In order to distract from the drama at home, Ben decides to run for a Class Office. However, things only get more complicated for Ben when the school bullies decide to make Ben the center of their cruel entertainment.
As both Ben and Charlotte struggle to overcome their individual challenges, their friendship and the shared love of learning often provides a relief for each of them.
Throughout the story, there are moments of such "life-truths" that shines through the pages and will apply to anyone that is reading the book.
I was able to get the soft cover, on time, and for a good price because I needed 20, so I saved some money. I used the "order now and receive when available" option and it worked great. Got them on time and for a good price.